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Proposals

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The Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO) http://www.sesamoitalia.it/sesamo-wocmes-2018/

  • Battling through the Press: Progressive Activism in the Middle East. Convenors: Patrizia Manduchi (Università di Cagliari), Daniela Melfa (Universitàdi Catania).
  • Playing on the Move: Understanding Play, Care and Migration through Inter-Relationality. Convenors: Estella Carpi (University College London and Save the Children UK), Chiara Diana (IREMAM-CNRS, Aix-Marseille Université).
  • Sociological perspectives on international migration in the GCC countries. Convenor: Gennaro Errichiello (Loughborough University, UK).
  • The First World War through Arab Eyes. Convenors:Maria Avino (Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”), Paola Viviani (Università della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”).
  • The Making of the Washington Consensus in the Middle East and North Africa. Negotiating international assets, debts and power (1979-91). Convenor: Massimiliano Trentin (Università di Bologna).
  • Three Coasts, One Language: Trends in Arabic Linguistic Studies in the Islamic West (al-Andalus, Sicily, North Africa). Convenors: Francesco Binaghi (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3), Cristina La Rosa (Università di Catania).

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This proposed panel invites papers addressing representations of the Palestinian question widely defined outside Palestine/Israel. Advocacy for Palestine has had considerable impact on the Palestinian diasporas and their allies across Europe, the Americas, and elsewhere. Whereas BDS received some attention in terms of the movement’s strides and challenges, the impact of the Palestine question on the diasporas’ identity development, organizational and communal life, and overall acculturation is now attracting sociohistorical scholarship. In addition, Palestine has been prominent in mahjar literature for several generations. In the U.S., for example, Arab American identity development was tied to early advocacy for Palestine as a core Arab cause, therefore hastening the need for belonging and political engagement before WWII. The scholarship is beginning to analyze the historical content of literary modules on Palestine in the writings of seminal diaspora poets among them Ameen Rihani, Elia Abu-Madi (Madey), and Mikhail Naimy. Scholars are also anchoring Palestine in deeper Arab national narratives and are beginning to show interest in the lives of early advocates during the Ottoman period when Palestine was part of a vision for Geographic Syria.
This panel aims at creating a conversation about Palestine's representations in primary and formal affiliations, assessments of whether advocacy for Palestine on any level enhances or lessens communal and organizational cohesion in any historical period. We also welcome narratives, prose, and chronicles where Palestine informed discourses, or shaped personal experiences.

Organiser:

Hani J. Bawardi, PhD
Associate Professor of History
Principal Faculty, Arab American Studies
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Deadline for submission: October 30th, 3017


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Panel

Neoliberal and Postmodern Urban Re-Configurations in the Middle East and North Africa

Organisers: Christian Steiner (Katholische Universität Eichstätt) and Steffen Wippel (Philipps-Universität Marburg)

Urban development in the MENA region has been complex and multifaceted in the last decade. Following the Dubai model of urban development, fast-track urban growth has greatly reshaped many cities in Arab Gulf countries despite severe temporary setbacks following the global financial crisis. Investments in cultural, sports, educational and business districts, hyperreal shopping and leisure facilities, huge waterfront developments and iconic mega-projects have aimed at broadening the economic basis for the post-oil era in these countries. Concurrently, they are intended as tools for city branding in a globalized competition of places and as signs to demonstrate progress and modernization to the members of the Gulf societies themselves. In consequence, these urban development projects function as a nucleus to (re-)develop urban and national identity, but also serve to legitimate the existing political system. However, comparatively unrecognized urban development in North Africa and the Levant has been turbulent and dynamic, too, and has been partly influenced by the upheavals of the “Arab Spring”.

What all these developmental paths seem to have in common is not only a postmodern, but also a neoliberal foundation: the privatization of urban functions, the erosion of public spaces, a strict consumption and business orientation and the securitization of urban spaces meet opaque planning processes.

Although the outcomes of these urban policies set a bright, clean and fascinating stage for development, they simultaneously imply typical “side effects”: increasing socio-economic fragmentation, displacement of populations, rising ethnical and cultural segregation, unequal access to urban infrastructure, incidents of political unrest and social counter-movements and increasing surveillance and political suppression.

Against this background, the panel intends to bring together presentations that critically tackle these complex current urban re-configurations and disparate developmental paths and that are based on conceptually well-informed, field-based research from a broad array of disciplines. Besides widely present “global cities”, this also includes less-investigated “secondary cities” that nevertheless undergo much the same experiences.

Authors are asked to submit a title, a short abstract (150 words maximum) and information about their institutional affiliation and contact. Please clearly indicate the research question and the concepts and empirical material your research will be based on. Papers will be accepted in English only.

The deadline for abstract submissions is 15 October 2017.

Depending on the number of accepted papers, we will propose either a single panel (with four participants) or a series of panels with several sessions. We ask all accepted participants to register with the conference organizers (and reconfirm this to the panel organizers) by late November 2017. Please note that all participants must be registered before we can proceed to officially submit the panel including individual abstracts.

Please consult the WOCMES websites http://www.tresculturas.org/wocmes18/ and http://wocmes2018seville.org for further information about the conference and registration procedures.

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Panel

Halāl Enterprise in and beyond the Middle East

Halal or shari’a compliant goods (food and beverage, clothing/fashion, cosmetics) and services (hospitality, tourism, insurance, investment and financial services) have become a significant and a distinctive sector of business and economic activity in and beyond the Middle East, encompassing Muslim majority and minority societies alike. In addition to direct and indirect economic contributions (employment, tax receipts, capital growth, domestic and cross border investment) the halāl economy resonates with religious, cultural, societal and in some instances governmental or political significance.

This panel will examine the history, present and future of the halāl economy and the enterprises, products and services that populate it. Papers focusing on single countries, regions or comparative studies examining multiple locales or countries are welcome, as are papers from any single or combined disciplinary perspective. Empirical papers and those with quantitative or field data as well as theoretical papers will be considered. Proposals with linkages to the theme of WOCMES 2018, and the Three Cultures of the Mediterranean are especially welcome.

Authors are asked to submit a paper title, abstract (150 words), their professional or institutional affiliation and contact information. Both academic and non-academic or other professional authors (for example from law, accounting or business) are invited to apply. In cases of co-authored works, only one submission (including the same information for each author) should be made. Papers will be accepted in English only. The deadline for abstract submissions is midnight Tuesday 31 October 2017. You will be informed of the result by Friday 3 November 2017.

If the proposal is accepted you will be required to register with WOCMES by 15 November, although acceptance of the panel by WOCMES is not assured. Please consult the WOCMES websites http://www.tresculturas.org/wocmes18/ and http://wocmes2018seville.org for further information about conference and registration procedures.

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The ‘Resistance Axis’ and the Syria Conflict: Losses, Gains and New Trajectories?

Organisers: Robert Mason PhD, Director, Middle East Studies, American University in Cairo (AUC)

Discussant: TBC

The Syria conflict is in its 6th year, and has led to the deaths of more than 250,000 civilians, compromised global norms governing the use of chemical weapons, and contributed to deterioration in the relations between the U.S. and Russia. It has also led to the reconfiguration of the ‘resistance axis’ of Syria, Iran/Quds Force, Hamas and Hezbollah from a historic focus on countering Israel and the U.S. policies in the Middle East to projecting power into a conflict of vital importance to Syria and Iran’s “strategic depth” from its relationship with Hezbollah, and in maintaining or bolstering their influence in the Levant and broader Middle East.

This proposed panel addresses the so-called ‘resistance axis’ during the Syria conflict and the consequences of the conflict on each actor’s legitimacy, security and policies. It recognizes the loss of Hamas from the alliance and assesses such reconfigurations, including Russian intervention in support of the Syrian regime, on longer term prospects for the alliance.    

We welcome papers that deal with any aspect of these actors’ engagement in the conflict, other foreign intervention that may be relevant, and constraints on the Syrian, Iranian government and Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) policies, especially new perspectives and insights on the motivations, deployments and outcomes of the alliance. We also welcome papers that deal with the domestic Syrian situation, from ISIS to the armed opposition and civilian forces aiming to carve out a niche of representation in a wartime environment that has led to successive diplomatic tracks which do not favor their participation.  

  • Paper proposals must include a title and a 300-400 word abstract
  • Proposals should be in English
  • Deadline for submission: 30 November 2017
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Further information is available at http://wocmes2018seville.org/web/index.php/en/

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THE MAGHREB REVIEW P ANEL ON THEME: STATE AND SOCIETY IN THE MAGHREB

The North African region provides a rather unique setting for observing the interaction between State and Society, with one side facing the highly organised State systems of the Mediterranean, and another the vast — and largely stateless — expanses in the Sahara. In between are numerous pockets of rugged mountains where effective State control was only intermittently felt. These juxtapositions have been a powerful force throughout North African history.

In the colonial period, North Africa offered striking comparisons between two distinct models of the relationship between State and Society, the Islamic and French (along with derivative Spanish and Italian models). And in the post-colonial period, North Africa offers important insights on the impact of burgeoning revenues from oil, gas and phosphate exports, controlled by the central State, upon communities, many with a long experience of resistance to State control.

This theme, then, should invite a wide range of papers from a good many different disciplines on such topics as:

1. The history of State building movements — Almoravides, Almohads, Fatimids, etc.

2. Problems in the relationship between State and Society in the pre-colonial period as illustrated by:

a)  problems of military organisation and recruitment;
b)  taxation;
c)  legal policy;
d)  the State’s role in urban society and economy;
e)  religious policy; relations between State and religious leaders;
f)  non-State local institutions for maintenance of order.

3. Changes in State-Society relationships introduced by indigenous reformists and colonial administrations, particularly in: — law, medicine, local administration, education.

4. The role of the national State: — social services, family affairs, urban planning, agrarian reform and rural development, labour emigration/immigration, the role and rights of women, intellectual and cultural affairs.
We hope to include up to 4 presentations each lasting 15 minutes.

Proposal submission and Abstracts: The deadline for the submission of proposals and abstracts, which should be no more than 150 words, is 8 March 2018.
All applicants will be told whether or not their proposal has been accepted by 20 April 2018.

Abstracts can be submitted by email in Word format. Submissions should be emailed to

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NOTE:

(1)  Priority will be given to paid-up Members of The Maghreb Studies Association;
(2)  If your proposal is selected, The Maghreb Studies Association will re-imburse €80.00 (covering part

of your conference registration cost) – this will be given to you at the conference.
(3)  It is our intention to arrange a dinner for our speakers along with other invited guests from the

WOCMES conference.
Proceedings of the conference: The organisers intend to publish the papers presented on our panels at this conference in The Maghreb Review, so strong preference will be given to authors/speakers who will subsequently be prepared to submit their papers by 30 September 2018.

Language: The conference will be in English or French


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THE MAGHREB STUDIES ASSOCIATION PANEL ON

THEME: COLONIAL HERITAGE IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE MAGHREB: THE SHAPING OF HOPES AND PERSPECTIVES

The aim of this conference is to examine how European colonialism and great power rivalry in the Middle East and North Africa have shaped the perspectives of the peoples in these countries and their hopes for their future. Besides the European powers that established their colonial hegemony in these countries, the conference will also deal with the influence of countries, such as the United States of America and Germany, which extended their influence through diplomacy, financial and military aid, and education.

The chronological framework of the conference extends from the mid-eighteenth century, when the political leaders of the countries of the Middle East and North Africa became aware of the Europeans’ economic and military ascendency, through the building of European colonial empires in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, to the collapse at first of the western European colonial empires towards the middle of the twentieth century and then of the Soviet ‘empire’ late in this century.

This theme, then, should invite original papers dealing with various aspects of the question of how colonial rule, and its demise, has shaped the perceptions of one another held by the colonial powers and the colonised peoples of the Middle East and North Africa. They should also deal, besides the influence the colonial structures had on the political systems that emerged in these countries, with debates and conflicts that came to the fore in them in the post-colonial period. Special significance should be given to the means by which Muslims affirmed in this period their attachment to Islamic norms and pride in Islamic civilisation, and the challenge they posed to the creation of western systems of government in their counties. Related to this issue is the Westerners’ fear that the presence of growing numbers of Muslims in their countries would lead to the intrusion of Islamic political and family norms in their societies. An equally significant issue that should be dealt with is the prospect of the replacement of the authoritarian regimes that emerged in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa in the post-colonial period by truly democratic systems of government that promote the rule of law, freedom of discussion and the emergence of civil societies.

We hope to include up to 4 presentations each lasting 15 minutes.

Proposal submission and Abstracts: The deadline for the submission of proposals and abstracts, which should be no more than 150 words, is 8 March 2018.
All applicants will be told whether or not their proposal has been accepted by 20 April 2018.

Abstracts can be submitted by email in Word format. Submissions should be emailed to

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NOTE:

(1)  Priority will be given to paid-up Members of The Maghreb Studies Association;
(2)  If your proposal is selected, The Maghreb Studies Association will re-imburse €80.00 (covering part

of your conference registration cost) – this will be given to you at the conference.
(3)  It is our intention to arrange a dinner for our speakers along with other invited guests from the

WOCMES conference.
Proceedings of the conference: The organisers intend to publish the papers presented on our panels at this conference in The Maghreb Review, so strong preference will be given to authors/speakers who will subsequently be prepared to submit their papers by 30 September 2018.

Language: The conference will be in English or French

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